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Egyptian imam seeks $10 million in CIA renditions trial
7 Oct 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

MILAN, Italy (Reuters) - A terrorist suspect at the center of an Italian trial over secret CIA rendition flights is seeking $10 million in compensation, saying he was tortured during interrogation in Egypt, his lawyer said on Wednesday. The wife of Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, known as Abu Omar, has separately demanded a further 5 million euros in damages from the American and Italian defend ...

Supreme Court hears dispute on cross on park land
7 Oct 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices revealed sharp differences on Wednesday in considering a legal challenge to a large Christian cross intended to serve as a war memorial in a remote part of the California desert. The court appeared split along ideological lines during the arguments on whether the cross violated the Constitution's ban on government end ...

Italian court throws out Berlusconi immunity
7 Oct 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Stephen Brown and Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - Italy's top court ruled on Wednesday that a law granting Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi immunity from prosecution violates the constitution, in a verdict that will reopen trials against him and may undermine his government. The 73-year-old prime minister depicted it as a politically motivated ruling by the Constitutional Court, fi ...

Gold's record price rise finds tepid response
7 Oct 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By James Regan SYDNEY (Reuters) - Gold received a lukewarm reception a day after racing to a record high, with consumers in Asia more likely to be cashing in than panic buying. Profit taking -- read selling -- replaced gold purchases that in New York and across Europe on Tuesday had swept spot bullion through the March 2008 record to hit $1,043.45 an ounce. "It is simple, buy  ...

U.S. "stumbling block" in U.N. climate talks: Mexico
7 Oct 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By David Fogarty and Chisa Fujioka BANGKOK (Reuters) - The United States came under pressure to show leadership in U.N. climate talks on Wednesday with Mexico saying its neighbor is a stumbling block in efforts to try to craft a tough global climate agreement by December. The United States has been criticized by developing countries and green groups in talks in the Thai capital for n ...

U.S. still seen in recession, may last until 2010: survey
7 Oct 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. finance executives believe the American economy is still in recession, despite signs growth may have resumed in the third quarter, a survey showed on Tuesday. The survey conducted by the Association for Financial Professionals also showed that many executives in the financial sector did not expect their organizations to resume hiring or capital spending in the ne ...

U.S. Gen. Petraeus treated for prostate cancer
7 Oct 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Gen. David Petraeus, who as head of U.S. Central Command oversees the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, joked about his health on Tuesday as his office revealed his successful treatment for prostate cancer. Petraeus, 56, was diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer in February and had two months of radiation treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, hi ...

U.S. warns Iran may face more sanctions
7 Oct 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Susan Cornwell and David Lawder WASHINGTON/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The United States and its allies may impose sweeping sanctions on Iran if Tehran fails to allay fears it is building nuclear weapons, a U.S. official said on Tuesday. Iran, however, dismissed the threat, saying previous sanctions against it had been ineffective and arguing that foreign companies recognized the benefit ...

Justices question animal cruelty video law
7 Oct 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. law that makes it a crime to sell videos of animals being tortured or killed may be too broad as it possibly covers documentary films and depictions of hunting or bullfights, Supreme Court justices said on Tuesday. A majority of the nine-member high court seemed sympathetic to the argument that the 1999 animal cruelty law infringed on fre ...

New Atlantic storm Henri expected to fizzle out
7 Oct 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

MIAMI (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Henri formed in the Atlantic Ocean, east of the Caribbean's Leeward Islands, on Tuesday, but was expected to dissipate within two days, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The eighth tropical storm of the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season had sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 km per hour) and was located about 600 miles east of the northern Leewards ...

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